Flu season: How to stay healthy

Brandon Parsons
January 23, 2018

Unfortunately, with the government shut down over the weekend, the agencies that monitor these numbers might not be considered "essential", so our response to this severe flu season might not be as effective as it could be.

'The flu vaccine is the best protection we have, but because flu strains change, vaccination needs to be done every year, ' she said. Because this is a cumulative rate, the number is expected to increase as the flu season progressed, CDC researchers said two weeks ago in a conference call with the media. Flu usually does the most damage in February and March, he said.

Our data continues to show that more people are visiting Global Positioning System with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospital with flu. These are heartbreaking statistics. Keep in mind to cover your coughs and wash your hands.

"If soap and water aren't available use hand sanitizer", Salisbury said. If you are caring for someone who is sick, try to identify one primary caregiver to limit transmission.

Still, the CDC recommends that all people over the age of five get the shot to reduce the symptoms of the virus. Flu seasons typically extend into spring, and the vaccine protects not just you, but the vulnerable people around you, Plescia said: "No one wants to be the cause of an infant or elderly person getting the flu". "If you have asthma or other lung diseases, you are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu". "If you're sick", Alles said, "you should stay home - from school, from work". If you're not feeling well, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, as to not spread your germs.

Only see a doctor if you're over 65, are pregnant, or have a long-term medical condition.

The flu was so bad last week in NY, it was the worst since the state started recording it 14 years ago. Influenza B, which is the strain that sickened the CT boy, can hit school-age children.

Numerous area hospitals rolled out campaigns and stations to remind people to clean properly, wear face masks when coming in for health care and follow other tips to prevent against illness for the next couple months. The main strains circulating continue to be flu A (H3N2), A (H1N1) and Flu B.

While the main way to get the flu is to be in contact with someone who has the flu virus, that doesn't mean you aren't more susceptible.

The senior author, Jeff Kwong, from Public Health Ontario, explained the importance of the study, noting that while influenza can cause serious illness, research has been limited to assess the extent that the flu vaccine prevents serious complications and hospitalisations in young children.

There is evidence that this year's flu is slowing, though that may be a statistical blip.

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